Rappahannock News - - SCHOOLS • NEWS - — Mike Costello

RCHS racks up the W’s

It was a ban­ner week for fall sports last week at RCHS, as al­most ev­ery team got into the win col­umn at least once, with many of the wins ac­com­plished in very con­vinc­ing fash­ion.

Lead­ing the way in rack­ing up the W’s was Var­sity Vol­ley­ball, with Coach Court­ney Atkins’ team start­ing the week with a loss at Warren County but then cruis­ing to two wins over Eastern View and Northum­ber­land. Stats lead­ers over the three games in­cluded Sarah East with 28 kills and Am­ber Smoot with 19 kills. And if pan­cake at­tempts (div­ing on the floor in an at­tempt to keep the ball alive) were a stat, Am­ber would have at least three for the Northum­ber­land game alone!

Coach Seth Wy­att’s Ju­nior Var­sity squad con­tin­ued their sea­son long un­beaten streak, tak­ing three wins over the span of the week.

Speak­ing of the Ju­nior Pan­thers, Coach Jeff Atkins’ young team dropped a game at county ri­val Wake­field Coun­try Day early last week but then got their first win at home last Fri­day against Bethel Chris­tian. Ju­nior Pan­ther Cross Coun­try hosted their sea­son opener last Thurs­day on a gor­geous fall like day at the Blue Rock course. Luke El­lis led the boys’ team to vic­tory.

The var­sity Cross Coun­try squads had their first meet of the sea­son this past Mon­day at the Blue Rock Course, host­ing Ge­orge Ma­son High School. The var­sity harriers will be at home again next Wed­nes­day, Sept. 20, host­ing Bull Run Dis­trict ri­val Cen­tral of Woodstock at 5 p.m.

Var­sity foot­ball also got in the W col­umn with a huge 54 to 8 vic­tory on the road last Satur­day against the North­ern Vir­ginia Kings. Head Coach Kemp Pullin’s of­fense put the points on the board early, stak­ing the Pan­thers to a 21-0 lead by the end of the first quar­ter.

The var­sity squad re­turns to Pan­ther Sta­dium this Fri­day, Sept. 15, host­ing the Rams of Stras­burg in a first ever foot­ball meet­ing be­tween the two long­time Bull Run Dis­trict ri­vals. Kick­off is at 7 p.m. and the award win­ning Pan­ther March­ing Band will be per­form­ing at half­time. — Jimmy Swindler

Run for the owls

➤ An­nual 5 K Run

As a fundraiser for our ath­letic de­part­ment, WCDS will host our an­nual 5K Fun Run on Satur­day, Sept. 23. The reg­is­tra­tion fee for this fun event is stu­dents $15.00 and adults $20.00. The first 25 pre­reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants re­ceive a t-shirt. There are awards for the top fe­male fin­isher and top male fin­isher. Ad­di­tion­ally there are medals for the top two males and fe­males in five age brack­ets. Race day reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 8:30 a.m.. The in­for­ma­tion flyer and reg­is­tra­tion form can be found at

➤ Var­sity Vol­ley­ball

The Lady Owls opened their sea­son host­ing Tan­dem Friends School on Sept. 1 in a con­fer­ence match. The Badgers took the first set by the score of 25-12. The Badgers scored the last eight points of the sec­ond set while the Owls com­mit­ted seven hit­ting er­rors in the last 12 points to drop the set 10-25. The Owls dropped the last set 22-25, and the Badgers went on to win the match 3-0. Gwynn Ma­jor led the team with two kills while Anna Schus­ter con­trib­uted two block points. Lucy Clark had an ace and a kill in the match.

The Lady Owls hosted Chelsea Academy for a DAC match on Sept. 6. The girls came from be­hind in the first set to tie the score 12-12 and never give up the lead as Emma Cot­ter served the last two points of the set for a 25-17 win. The sec­ond set was nip and tuck with 11 ties dur­ing the set. The third set saw the Owls forge out to a 13-6 lead, but the Knights made a run and tied it at 1414. The Knights served three straight aces to take con­trol and went on to win the set 25-20.

➤ JV Vol­ley­ball

The Lady Owls hosted Tan­dem Friends School on Sept. 1 to open their sea­son and they went on to a 25-19 win in set one. The Owls led the sec­ond set the en­tire way, and Bea Youngquist got a block point to give the girls a 19-15 lead. The score was 6-15 in the fi­nal set lead­ing to a Badgers’ win 2-1. The Lady Owls hosted Chelsea Academy on Sept. 5, but the girls gave up six straight points and the Knights closed the match with a 1513 win. Our record is 0-2 on the sea­son.

➤ Mid­dle School Vol­ley­ball

The Lady Owls hosted Rap­pa­han­nock County for a non-con­fer­ence match on Sept. 6. The Owls swept the Pan­thers for the first time in a while. The teams played an ex­hi­bi­tion third set that al­lowed the younger less ex­pe­ri­enced players an op­por­tu­nity to get some match ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Lady Owls trav­eled to Moun­tain View Chris­tian for a VMSC match on Sept. 8. Moun­tain View won the match 2-0. Our record is 1-1 over­all and 0-1 in the VMSC.

➤ Mid­dle School Boys Soc­cer

The Owls trav­eled to Chelsea Academy for a VSMC game on Sept. 5. The game started but was abruptly sus­pended due to light­ning.

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